SU Weekly Email 1 – 11th September 2014

SU Weekly Email 1 – 11th September 2014

Weekly Email

Welcome to the first weekly email from your Students’ Union for the new academic year.

What is the Students’ Union?

“The mission of the Union shall be to represent its members and promote, defend and vindicate the rights of its members at all levels of society.” – Constitution of the Students’ Union

The SU is a representative organisation that is independent from the University and consists of all registered students at NUI Galway.  As the SU is an independent body, the SU officers do not have to answer to the University authorities – we only answer to you, our members who have elected us.

These are the officers here in the Students’ Union working for you this year to promote and defend your rights:

President: Declan

Vice-President/Education: Phelim

Vice-President/Welfare: Aoife

Oifigeach na Gaeilge: Gráinne

Equality: Rebecca

Mature Students: Michelle

Postgraduates: Cian

SU Council Chairperson: Karl

Societies: Patrick

Clubs: Damien

Convenor Arts, Social Sciences & Celtic Studies: Sarah

Convenor Science: Joanne

Convenor Medicine, Nursing & Health Sciences: Simon

Convenor Business & Law: Megan

Convenor Engineering & Informatics: Oisín


NUI Galway Students’ Union Freshers’ 2014

Welcome! Fáilte! Bienvenue! Willkommen! Benvenuto! Bienvenido! Remember you are always a Fresher at heart and these events are open to everyone!

 Thursday 11th September

11am-5pm Clubs Day, Sports Centre

4pm DJs Killian & Jay in the College Bar

Friday 12th September

Postgrad Friday in the College Bar

Monday 15th September

8pm SU Comedy Gig in O’Flaherty Theatre – Foil, Arms & Hog + Support Tickets €5

Tuesday 16th September

11am-4pm SU Freshers’ Fair, Áras na Mac Léinn – Freebies, Freshers Packs, Giveaways, Competitions & Food! 

4pm DJ Graham Doherty in the College Bar

Wednesday 17th September

11am-4pm Societies Fair, Áras na Mac Léinn

8.30pm DJ Soc presents in the College Bar

Thursday 18th September

11am-5pm Radio Open Day at Flirt FM

4pm DJs Killian & Jay in the College Bar

Friday 19th September

Postgrad Friday in the College Bar

Monday 22nd September

8pm SU Freshers’ Night in College Bar with Crossfire covers band

Books – Buy & Sell

Remember we sell secondhand books to save you a bit of cash and we can also sell them on your behalf to make you some cash! Have a look at our secondhand bookshop for more information on buying or selling


Life Skills 2014 – now enrolling

The Life Skills Programme run by the Students’ Union offers a chance to further your development outside of the academic world. To book your space call up to the Students’ Union office beside the College Bar with the course fee where applicable.

Courses on offer to students during the 2014/15 academic term include:

  • Anti-Racism Training Course
  • Basic Sign Language Classes
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Cardiac First Responder
  • Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST)
  • Self Defence Course
  • Manual Handling Course
  • Irish
  • Yoga

More info on all the courses is available here.  

Competition Time – Win Two Tickets for Foil, Arms & Hog

If you would like to win two tickets to our comedy gig Foil, Arms & Hog with support from Steve Bennett on Monday 15th September at 8pm just email studentsunion@nuigalway.ieand tell us the name of the Students’ Union President for 2014/15. Competition closes 1pm Monday 15th September.


Student Leap Cards & ISIC Cards

The shiny new Student Leap Cards and ISIC Cards are available now from the Students’ Union office upstairs in Áras na Mac Léinn between 10am and 5pm Monday to Friday. All you need to do is bring yourself, your new college ID, €15 and a smile for the photo we will take of you. These are valid until the 31st of December 2015.

Interested in making a difference? Want to get involved in something fun? Want to be part of something bigger?

Volunteer with your students Union to get involved in lots of fun activities this year. E-mail your Welfare Officer Aoife:

Connacht vs Leinster

€15 NUI Galway Student tickets on sale NOW in the Students’ Union for the Connacht Rugby vs Leinster match on Friday 19th September at 7.35pm.

SU Free Cloakroom

The SU Cloakroom is now open beside the SU Shop near the Bialann. The Cloakroom is FREE and is open Monday to Friday 9am – 6.30pm. Please note that we cannot accept laptops and items must be removed at the end of each day.

Class Representatives

Every class is entitled to a Class Representative to represent their class. If your class does not have a Class Rep your voice will not be heard. If you have any questions on the roles and responsibilities of a Class Rep contact the SU Vice-President/Education Officer Phelim Kelly at Further information regarding the role of Class Reps is also available in the SU Council section of our website here.


8k Run in aid of Jigsaw Galway

Registration is now open for the NUI Galway 8k run at 10am on Saturday 11th October in aid of Jigsaw Galway. There will also be lunchtime running groups from the Sports Centre for anyone interested in doing a bit of training before the run.
Early bird sign ups here.

Lockers – 905 Lockers still available!

Please note that lockers are now available. You need to register online first at and your locker will be reserved for a 3 day period during which you can call up to the SU to collect your key and pay for same.

Please note that keys for lockers in Áras Moyola and the Engineering Building can only be collected at the SU Engineering Desk in the Engineering Building foyer Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Sin Needs You!

The Sin newspaper editor Jessica is looking for volunteers to help out with the on campus newspaper and website during the year. If you are interested in helping drop her a line to

Vote for NUI Galway Lecturer Eoghan Clifford to be World Paralympic Athlete of Month

NUI Galway academic, Dr Eoghan Clifford recently won his second World Title winning the Men’s C3 Road Race at the UCI Para-cycling Road World Championships in Greenville, South Carolina. You can vote for him here:

Ever feel anxious about public speaking or meeting people…?

September will see the launch of the new and improved NUI Galway Participate online programme – a resource for anyone dealing with shyness or social anxiety. Whether it’s just difficulty with public speaking that’s holding you back, or a more general issue with meeting people, this will be worth checking out.

Participate uses cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) techniques. Similar programmes have been run successfully in NUI Galway and elsewhere in the past.  Students who sign up also get a personal tutor. Your tutor will check in with you online every week to help make sure that the programme is working for you.

All students of NUI Galway will be e-mailed with a link to the Participate website in September.  You can visit the site, test your social anxiety, and see how it works. This is also a research programme, so if you join you will be contributing to something that will help others, as well as yourself!

Galway Zombie Walk

The 5th Annual Galway Zombie Walk takes place at 10.30pm this Friday 12th of September. Meet at the Spanish Arch from 8pm and you can even get your makeup done for a small fee which goes to charity. Tasty Brainssssssssssss.

Contact Us

You can contact the Students’ Union by email to studentsunion@nuigalway.iewith any questions or suggestions you may have. You can also like or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Our office is located upstairs in the Áras na Mac Léinn building beside the College Bar and we are open Monday to Friday 10am-5pm.

Our new reception desk in the Engineering Building foyer is open Monday – Friday 11am-3pm.

Artice by
Joanna Brophy